Valley of Flowers – the paradise for nature lovers, situated at an altitude of eleven thousand feet in the lap of garhwal himalayas. Frank Smythe, a mountaineer explorer in 1930, discovered Valley of Flowers. This U shaped alpine valley, formed by retreating glaciers, remains snow covered from November to May. When the snow melts in june, the entire valley blooms with exotic flowers, herbs, medicinal, and flowering plant At an altitude ranging from 3,350 m to the peak of Gauri Parbat at 6,719 m, the valley of
Valley Of Flowers Trek
flowers is essentially the catchment area of pashupati river, also known as the Bhyundar Ganga. It consists of glacier corridor, 7 km long and 2 km from wide, with it’s source in the tipra glacier with descends from Gauri Parbat.
The best time for trekking is mid July to August.
Itinerary For Valley of Flowers Trekking Tour:
Day0 1): Arrival at Delhi
Upon arrival at Delhi transfer to hotel for overnight stay.
Day 02): New Delhi – Haridwar (205 kms/5-6 hrs).
In the morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar. Lunch enroute. Upon arrival at Haridwar transfer check into the hotel. In the evening visit “Har Ki peri” for Aarti ceremony. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 03): Haridwar – Joshimath (245 kms/8-9 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Joshimath via Devprayag. On the way visit Dev prayag where Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers meet. From here the holy river Ganges started. Arrival at Joshimath by evening, check into the hotel. Dinner & overnight stay.
Day 04): Joshimath – Govindghat (22 kms/1 hrs) – Ghangaria (14 kms/3-4 hrs)
After an early breakfast drive to Govindghat. Which is the starting point of the trek. From Govindghat there is a gradual ascent along a well maintained pilgrim trail to Ghangaria. Upon arrival at Ghangria check into hotel. Explore the surroundings in the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 05): Ghangaria – Valley Of Flowers – Ghangria (5 kms one side/4-5 hrs)
After breakfast trek to Valley Of Flowers (3858 m) from Ghangaria. The valley is an enchanting sight with an impressive array of rare wildflowers like Geranium, Marsh marigold, Prinula, Potentilla, Geum, Asters, Lilium, Ranunculus, Corydalis, Inula, Braham kamal, Campanula, Pedicularis, Arisaema, Morina, Impatiens, Bistorta, Ligularia, Anaphalis, Saxifrages,
Dactylorhiza, Cypripedium, Str- awberry, Epilobium, Rhododendrons
Valley Of Flowers
and numerous others. Most of the flowers have medicinal values too. The valley is 10 kms long, 2 kms wide, and is divided by the Pushpawati stream, into which several tiny streams and waterfalls merge. After enjoying the beauty of valley trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 06): Hemkund-Ghanghria
After breakfast trek to Hemkund Sahib (4329 m) from Ghangaria. This is quite a steep climb. In the Sikh holy book, The Granth Sahib, the Sikh Guru Gobind Singh recounts that in a previous life, he meditated on the shores of a lake surrounded by seven snowcapped mountains now recognized by Hemkund. Late afternoon trek back to Ghangaria. Dinner & overnight stay at the hotel.( 3-4 hrs of walking )
Day 07): Ghangaria – Govind Ghat – Joshimath
After breakfast trek down to reach Govind Ghat and from here drive to Joshimath. Upon arrival at Joshimath check into the hotel. Rest of the day is free to explore the area. One can also visit Auli in the evening. Dinner and over night stay at the hotel.
Day 08): Joshimath – Haridwar
Early morning drive to Haridwar with packed breakfast. On the way visit Rudraprayag where river Mandakini and Alaknanda meet. Lunch enroute. Arrive Haridwar by evening. Check into the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 09): Haridwar – Delhi
After an early breakfast visit Har ki peri. After lunch drive to Delhi airport.